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agaric


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Agaric  \Ag"a*ric\  (?;  277),  n.  [L.  agaricum  Gr  ?,  said  to  be 
  fr  Agara,  a  town  in  Sarmatia.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  fungus  of  the  genus  {Agaricus},  of  many  species, 
  of  which  the  common  mushroom  is  an  example. 
 
  2.  An  old  name  for  several  species  of  {Polyporus},  corky 
  fungi  growing  on  decaying  wood. 
 
  Note:  The  ``female  agaric''  ({Polyporus  officinalis})  was 
  renowned  as  a  cathartic;  the  ``male  agaric'' 
  ({Polyporus  igniarius})  is  used  for  preparing 
  touchwood,  called  punk  or  German  tinder. 
 
  {Agaric  mineral},  a  light,  chalky  deposit  of  carbonate  of 
  lime,  sometimes  called  {rock  milk},  formed  in  caverns  or 
  fissures  of  limestone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  agaric 
  n  1:  fungus  used  in  the  preparation  of  punk  for  fuses  [syn:  {Fomes 
  igniarius}] 
  2:  a  saprophytic  fungus  of  the  order  Agricales  having  an 
  umbrellalike  cap  with  gills  on  the  underside 




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